Moral equivalency alert.
> As a voter, like me, you may find Perry’s view on
> creationism disconcerting and a sign of an unsophisticated > candidate.
I don’t find it disconcerting at all. I find it refreshing. I teach my children that God Created in our home school.
As for being an “unsophisticated candidate”, I’ve had all the metrosexual sophists I can take. I’ll puke if I hear another effete phony playing the highbrow.
I’d rather have someone like Jed Clampett, a mountain man, a hard working man, a simple man with simple tastes, and a Biblical perspective, than the metrosexual pansies that have been running our country into the ground for the past few generations.
But the fact is that the progressives' faith-based devotion to government is far more consequential than Perry's faith-based position on evolution.
THIS. It matters very little, what someone believes about evolution, at least in a political candidate. What matters 1000x more is what they believe about the government and its proper role in society.
Obama needs to be asked whether or not he believes that the universe was created by God.
NPR approached it like a trip to the zoo. They wanted to know what Christians believed. They noted that some of the beliefs were pretty wild. Pretty out of the ordinary. They expressed some disbelief that people in an advanced society held on to some of these ideas.
They explored the idea that Christians "hide" their beliefs by using "code words". For example "shedding of innocent blood" means -- gasp! -- abortion. And discouraging "sexual immorality" means that Christians are "anti-homosexual rights". The third point (which seems to have especially bothered NPR) was that Christians are evangelical and seek to persuade non-Christians to become Chrisian. Even Jews! They were astounded that Christians want to see Jews concert to Christianity.
The whole thing was presented as a bizarre cult, and Rick Perry as a cult member.
I'm pretty sure that NPR has never focused on the core beliefs of Islam in quite this way.
Evolution should try becoming mainstream science where best answers coalesce when one observes, measures, replicates by experiment, and computes formulas for a phenomenon. Currently, examinations for many physical events have not reached this four-fold rationality.
One example is String Theory, or the theory of everything; everything for atomic, micro-processes. Elegant mathematical models utilize eleven dimensions to unify gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear strong and weak forces. Here is computation without experiment, measurement, or observation. Niels Bohr would say, Yes, yes you have the mathematics. But does it make sense? Notable critics say scientists utilize mathematics, but inadvertently venture into philosophy or religion.
The other extreme is Macroevolution or Darwinism, where all is observation. Rigorous measurements and experiments would require 1,000 to 10,000 times recorded history. Science advocates contemplate observed phenomenon, and decide evolution explains everything. Yet Macroevolution fails computational testing, with vanishing small probabilities, using Thermodynamics, which covers all macro-processes.
For just one hypothesis assume there are 82,000,000 steps from the first one cell animal to man and 81,999,500 have an absolute certainty of occurring. If the remaining 500 have a 90% probability of occurring, then the chance Macroevolution explains the presence of humans is 0.000000000000000000000013220708.
Advocates could consider natural processes in open systems, as required by natural selection and consistently note increased disorder, release of energy, and increased entropy. Even huge energy inputs result in Katrina, and not the Brooklyn Bridge absent intentionality.
Rigorous debate continues concerning String Theory, but debate is prohibited concerning Evolution. Darwinist advocates contend contrary arguments require intrusion of God. Yet good theologians of desert religions would say a god hedged in by observation, measurement, experiment, and computation ends up equivalent to the Golden Calf the Israelites constructed in the Wilderness. Their God can only be found by mystical, faith encounters.
Up to and including death: No Pressure